- The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan earned the Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- The E-Class, which features a standard front-crash prevention system, earned "good" ratings in all IIHS crash tests.
- The 2014 E-Class earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan earned the Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The E-Class, which features a standard front-crash prevention system, earned "good" ratings in all IIHS crash tests, including the small overlap front crash test.
The test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.
"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well," said the IIHS in a statement on Thursday. "Injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated that lower leg injuries would be possible in a real-world crash of this severity.
"The dummy's head was reasonably controlled by the frontal airbag, but it rotated around to hit the vehicle's A-pillar because the head and torso moved too far forward. The side curtain airbag deployed to protect the head from contact with other side structures. Despite the head contact, risk of significant injuries to the head and chest was low."
A standard forward collision warning system, called Collision Prevention Assist, earns the E-Class a basic IIHS rating for front-crash prevention. When equipped with the optional Pre-Safe Brake system, the E-Class earns a superior rating for front-crash prevention.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes and electronic stability control.
The 2014 E-Class earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Five stars is the highest rating.
The E-Class earned four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and five stars in the rollover crash test.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan joins an elite group of large luxury cars to have earned the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. They include the 2014 Acura RLX, 2015 Hyundai Genesis and 2014 Volvo S80.